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Crops in the field during winter?

Feb 13, 2020
Difficult growing seasons mean farmers must make decisions about when to harvest their crops. credit: Dale Hildebrandt, Farm and Ranch Guide Wet fields, delayed maturity of the row crops and low commodity prices paired up with high propane prices have resulted in some farmers saying maybe they will leave part of their 2019 row crops to stand in the field throughout the winter and harvest next spring when they will be …

Bioplastics: engineering a new market for Nebraska corn

Dec 19, 2019
The Problem Petroleum-based plastics are created using a man-made polymer called polyethylene terephthalate (or PET). Unlike other biodegradable materials such as food, or even newspapers, PET does not break down when exposed to the elements. In the six decades that the PET polymer has been available for mass production, around 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic have been created and subsequently disposed of, mostly via landfills. The Solution Instead of PET, …

The Future of Farming is Food, Fuel and Fiber

Nov 26, 2019
credit, Jeff Broin, Executive Chairman and CEO of POET, Vital magazine, Fall 2019 To say this year has been difficult for rural America would be an understatement. From low prices to trade disputes to unpredictable weather patterns, farmers have faced one of the toughest growing seasons in recent history. And the biofuels industry has been battling challenges hand-in-hand with agriculture. The excitement surrounding the approval of year-round E15 was swiftly met …

Breeding Success

Nov 21, 2019
credit: Matt Thompson, Ethanol Producer magazine A new breed of corn, produced with the ethanol industry in mind, promises more corn oil yield and higher-protein distillers grains. Charlie Brown, CEO of Brownseed Genetics, says a lesson his dad taught him has been the guiding principle of his company. “My dad in the ’70s told me, if we as farmers made 10 more cents per bushel instead of 10 more bushels per acre, we c…

BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge

Nov 21, 2019
Corn is a source of renewable energy. Our Energy and ethanol unit covers ethanol production, start to finish. This challenge from the Department of Energy gives students more information about bioenergy and ways to share what they learn! This Challenge incorporates research, interpretation, synthesis, design, and collaboration skills, while participants use their creativity to illustrate their research findings. Today’s students are the nation’s future leaders, and one of thei…

Feeding 10 billion people will require genetically modified food

Aug 6, 2019
credit, Deena Shankar, Bloomberg Bloomberg discusses importance of genetically modified food to meet the world’s food needs Like it or not, genetic modification is going to be an important tool to feed the planet’s growing population. If we want to feed 10 billion people by 2050, in a world beset by rising temperatures and scarcer water supplies, we will need to dramatically change the way we produce food. Increased public investment in…

Design Challenge Showcase projects take on food security

May 12, 2019
How can food security be improved so that more people have access to fresh, nutritious food? Ohio students from 25 schools presented their ideas to an audience of leaders in agriculture and STEM education at Battelle, including representatives of the Ohio Department of Education, Ohio Corn & Wheat, the Ohio Soybean Council, Battelle and the Office of Lt. Governor Jon Husted. Ninety students visited Battelle for the event, representing more than 4,000 …

Top Five Myths Of Genetically Modified Seeds, Busted

Mar 18, 2019
credit: NPR, Dan Charles NPR’s Dan Charles reviews and BUSTS five myths of GMO seeds. Having just stepped into the shouting match over patents on genetically engineered crops, there are a few small things that I, too, would like to get off my chest. I say small things. I’m not talking about today’s big hot issues: Whether genetically modified organisms — GMOs — should be labeled, or cause cancer in rats, or migh…

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